PA Program Admissions

Application Process

FDU has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  FDU anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2022, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2021 ARC-PA meeting. Program applications will then be accessible from the CASPA website and will close on September 17, 2021 for the class beginning January 2022. 

CASPA applications for the Fairleigh Dickinson University PA Program will need to be completed no later than September 17, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply in advance of the submission deadline. A completed Patient Care Experience Form  must be included in the CASPA application for each category of patient care and healthcare-related experience. Please complete form(s), have signed by the supervisor of the experience, and upload to the relevant category on the CASPA application. The CASPA application will also require the completion of the FDU PA Program Supplemental Application which is included within the CASPA application.  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. 

Three letters of recommendation will be required which may be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who may be able to reflect on the applicant’s professional and educational achievements and potential.  This information will be obtained via the CASPA application.  

Interview for the PA Program

The most qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview that will take place at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and, from this group, a cohort of 40 students will be selected.  The selection process will reflect on academic background and potential; healthcare, work, and volunteer experiences; leadership skills; and motivation, understanding of the PA profession and professional responsibilities, professional demeanor, and interpersonal/verbal skills.

Notification of Acceptance to the PA Program

All candidates will be notified of the admission committee’s decision which may include acceptance to the program or placement on a wait list. A ranked wait list from candidates who have been interviewed will be maintained. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the start of classes, the position will be offered to candidates on the wait list.

Admission Requirements, Education

The educational requirements for admission include:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree
  • Completion of the following courses within the last ten years:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • General Chemistry I & II
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry

Admission Requirements, Work/Volunteer Experience

The FDU PA Program requires a minimum of 400 patient contact hours, or healthcare related experiences, obtained through work or volunteer commitments.

Advanced Placement

The PA Program does not grant prospective or enrolled PA students a waiver of required coursework or advanced placement. Due to the sequential construction of the PA curriculum, PA students are required to attend all courses and rotations in the didactic and clinical phases and cannot advance in the curriculum without completing all curricular components.  While the program requires prerequisite courses (such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and genetics) prior to enrollment, those prerequisites do not substitute for more advanced medical science courses offered within the curriculum of the PA Program.

Academic Standards for Enrollment

  • Overall GPA of ≥3.2
  • Science GPA of ≥3.0
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses